GENERAL ORDERS


VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS

DEPARTMENT OF VIRGINIA

NUMBER 1
SERVICE, HONOR, PRIDE

July 1, 2002


  1. At the 80th Annual State Convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Department of Virginia, held in Richmond, Virginia, June 6-9, 2002, I, Lawrence F. Mattera, being duly elected and installed as State Commander in Accordance with Article V, Section 517 of the National By-Laws, do hereby assume Commander.

  2. All previous appointments are hereby declared vacant as of June 9, 2002, except those set forth in the By-Laws.

    Commander Lawrence F. Mattera, Post 5500
    Senior Vice Commander Peter M. Snelling, Post 2157
    Junior Vice Commander Michael J. Hoiness, Post 4809
    Adjutant/Quartermaster Robert J. Klausing, Post 2216
    Judge Advocate Tommy W. Hines, Post 7166
    Surgeon Daniel D Boyers, Post 7726
    Chaplain Edward L. Powers, Post 392
    Assistant Chaplain C. Gordon Bryant, Post 3103
    Albert Rodgers, Post 3103
    Chief-of-Staff E. Ray Chapell, Post 1115
    Assistant Chief-of-Staff James L. Booth, Post 2216
    William R. Shifflett, Post 9292
    James K. Martin, Post 1503
    Bobby R. Walls, Post 176
    Jimmy Lee Wallace, Post 1503
    Carroll Danielson, Post 8163
    Inspector Henry E. Cluney, Post 4809
    Past Department Commander James E Tucker, Post 10654
    Historian Kim DeShano, Post 392
    Service Officer Fred Fralin, Post 4522
    Assist. Service Officer All Agents of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Commonwealth of Virginia
    Civil Service & Employment James F. Werner, Post 632
    Environmental Ernest B. Glynn, Post 7327
    Legislative

    John P. McAnaw, Post 8469

    Military Assistance Program M. Connie Agresti, III, Post 3150
    Resolutions John P. McAnaw, Post 8469
    Parliamentarian

    Charles B. Wilkerson, Post 9808

    Graves Registrar Edward Powers, Post 392
    Sergeant-at-Arms Melvin Webb, Post 1115
    Guard Melvin Webb, Post 1115
    Captain Honor Guard George E. McCracken, Post 609
    Commander District 1

    Harry Lee Gilbert, Post 9636

    Commander District 2

    Donald Bunch, Post 9382

    Commander District 3

    Frank J. Latham, Post 10657

    Commander District 4

    Fred Wolking, Post 2163

    Commander District 5

    James Lee Terry, Post 8467

    Commander District 6

    Berkley W. Simmons, Jr., Post 4920

    Commander District 7

    Christopher E. Birch, Post 9760

    Commander District 8

    Gerald E. Jones, Post 1811

    Commander District 9

    Wesley H. Dixon, Post 9696

    Commander District 10

    David G. Jacobson, Post 7327

    Commander District 11

    Donald L. Hall, Post 2216

    Commander District 12 Kenneth Suthard, Post 6975
    Commander District 13

    Charles W. Hughes, Jr., Post 8947


  3. COMMITTEE CHAIRMEN:

    Advisory Gerald E. Jonas, Post 1811
    Americanism

    J. Gary Wagner, Post 3150

    Audit Thomas Gimble, Post 1503
    Awards & Citations

    Randolph E. Moon, Post 8436

    Buddy Poppies Robert J. Klausing, Post 2216
    Budget & Finance Paul T. Moore, Post 4491
    By-Laws

    Jerry Hooper, Post 392

    Community Activities

    Kenneth J. Vitale, Post 2163

    Credentials

    Bobby R. Walls, Post 176

    Disaster Relief Kenneth Jansen, Post 3150
    Diversity James S. Kerr, Post 3150
    Fund Raisers Robert J. Klausing, Post 2216
    Homeless Veterans Leon J. Fields, Post 4522
    Hospital

    Lynn Harris, Post 7166

    Hospitality/Refreshments Joseph O. Longstreet, Post 3219
    Loyalty Day

    Roger Webb, Post 8356

    Maintenance & Building Harry C. Huff, Post 2216
    Membership/Life Membership

    Peter M. Snelling, Post 2157

    National Convention Patriotic Rally George E. McCracken, Post 609
    Officer-of-the-Day Ninevah A. Carter, Post 6002
    Political Action Committee James W. Rickard, Post 3219
    POW/MIA Coordinator Charles D. Crouch, Post 3150
    Public Relations Officer Donald Trausneck, Post 1115
    Safety

    Victor Weaver, Post 9808

    Time & Place

    Clarence Clements, Post 2239

    VA Cottage & Natl. Home

    Wirt C. Alvis, Jr., Post 9808

    Veterans Advocacy James S. Kerr, Post 3150
    Voice of Democracy Earle P. Weekley, Jr., Post 8644
    Welfare Service Samuel L. Brown, Post 1264
    Youth Activities

    Donald L. Hall, Post 2216

    Patriotic Pen

    Earl E. Harris, Jr., Post 2216

    2003 State Convention E. Ray Chapell, Post 1115

  4. COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

    Advisory

    James E. Tucker, Post 10654

    All Past Department Commanders
    Americanism

    Michael Hall, Post 2216

    Deputy Chief-of-Staff

    Joseph O. Longstreet, Jr. Post 3219

    Henry E. Cluney, Post 4809

    Victor A. Weaver, Post 9808

    Emanuel Booth, Post 3103

    James D. Haulsee, Post 4667

    William A. Vigar, Post 632

    Ronnie L. Robbins, Post 8979

    Randolph Moon, Post 8436

    Audit C. Lee Willoughby, Post 1503
    Waynard E. Caldwell, Post 4522
    M. Connie Agreati, III, Post 3150
    Awards & Citations

    Hal Roesch, Post 3219

    Monroe Tuggle, Post 8902

    Fred C. Davis, Post 5313

    David G. Jacobson, Post 7327

    Budget & Finance Bobby R. Walls, Post 2216
    James L. Booth, Post 2216

    George E. McCracken, Post 609

    Daniel D. Boyer, Post 7726
    By-Laws Conrad Yetter, Post 993
    Donald Dobbins, Post 1115
    Credentials

    Douglas S. Hayes, Post 647

    Environmental

    Lynn O. Harris, Post 7166

    Homeless Veterans Leon J. Fields, Post 4522
    Shelby Lassester, POst 4809
    Honor Guard Ronald L. Mills, Post 647

    Howard A. Ahola, Post 993

    Dean Breeding, Post 993
    Douglas S. Hayes, Post 647
    Ray Hayes, Post 647
    Phillip L. Hewitt, Post 9808

    Melvin Webb, Post 1115

    Fred L. Wolking, Post 2163
    Hospitality/Refreshments

    Daniel D Boyer, Jr., Post 7726

    Hal Roesch, Post 3219

    Earl E. Harris, Post 2216
    Legislative

    Ernest B. Glynn, Post 7327

    James S, Kerr, Post 3150
    Charles A. Pulley, Post 622

     

    Waynard E. Caldwell, Post 4522
    Edward Essertier, Post 8469
    Earl E. Harris, Post 2216
    John King, Post 5500
    Maintenance & Building Michael. Hall, Post 2216
    Eugene Chavis, Post 10826
    Membership/Life Membership All Past Department Commanders
    Mentor for Districts 1, 3 , 4 Michael J. Holiness, Post 4809
    Mentor for Districts 2, 5, 6 Tom W. Hines, Post 7166
    Mentor for Districts 7, 8, 9 E. Ray Chappell, Post 1115
    Mentor for Districts 10, 11 Peter M. Snelling, Post 2157
    Mentor for Districts 12, 13 Daniel D. Boyer, Jr., Post 7726
    Parliamentarian

    Eugene Wiseman, Post 632

    POW/MIA Eugene Chavis, Post 10826
    Thomas Abrials, Post 1115
    Resolutions J.B. Young, Post 7327
    Jeffrey L. DeWeese, Post 8469
    Time & Place

    Lynn O. Harris, Post 7166

    Kenneth Jansen, Post 3150

    Voice of Democracy

    Joe Neary, Post 392

    Patriotic Pen

    William F. Carleton, Post 1503

    2003 State Convention James L. Booth, Post 2216

     

    Paul T. Moore, Post 4491

    Melvin Webb, POst 1115

    Robert J. Klausing, Post 2216

  5. VAMC HOSPITAL REPRESENTATIVES:

    Virginia Veterans Care Center Frank H. Powell, Post 4522
    Deputy James F. Werner, Post 632
    Hampton Representative Wayne P. Pierce, Post 4809
    Hampton Deputy Charles G. Bohlinger, III, Post 824
    Hampton Deputy Donald Bunch, Post 9382
    Hampton Deputy James R. Maley, Sr., Post 176
    Martinsburg Assoc. Repr. James A. Couper, Post 621
    McGuire Representative Clarence E. Clements, Post 2239
    McGuire Deputy Lloyd R. Davis, Jr., Post 10654
    McGuire Deputy James D. Rose, Post 9808
    Mountain Home Assoc. Repr. Emory H. Sykes, Post 6975
    Mountain Home Deputy

    Kenneth Suthard, Post 6975

    Salem Representative Percy N. Bolton, Post 1841
    Salem Deputy Waynard E. Caldwell, Post 4522
    Salem Deputy Guy S. Clifton Post 484
    Washington DC Assoc. Repr. William F. Carbin, Post 609

  6. LADIES AUXILIARY:

    President

    Pat Baldwin

    Secretary Kathleen Birch
    Treasurer Barbara Grossnickle

  7. GENERAL ORDER CUT OFF DATES:

    Membership Transmittals must be received at State Headquarters no later than July 30, 2002 to be counted for the month of July. PLEASE NOTE: ANY information to be published in the General Orders must be in by the 25th of each month. Changes of address or phone numbers within the Department must be in writing or via e-mail.

  8. IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

    The Department of Virginia, VFW now has a Homepage. Your General Orders can be found on the Homepage at http://www.vfw-virginia.com. It is now possible for individual Posts, with their own Website, to become linked to our Homepage. Posts already with Website’s can incorporate a Department of Virginia, VFW link on their Website. Please contact Robert Klausing at State Headquarters: 1-800-888-3521. Also, the State Headquarters E-Mail address is KLAUSING@AOL.COM. The Adjutant/Quartermaster has a pager and the number is 1-800-680-7682. The State Headquarters also has voice mail, where you can call and leave messages before or after business hours. The State Headquarters also has a mail box located right outside the front door, where you can drop things off before and after business hours.

  9. DISTRICT MEETINGS:

    FIRST - 09-29-02, EXMORE POST 4856, Meeting 11:00 a.m., Representative Michael J. Hoiness, State Junior Vice Commander
    SECOND - 08-17-02, VIRGINIA BEACH POST 392, Meeting 12:00 Noon, Representative Lawrence F.Mattera, State Commander
    THIRD - 09-07-02, THIRD DISTRICT HEADQUARTERS, Meeting 2:00 p.m., Representative Peter M. Snelling, State Senior Vice Commander
    FOURTH - 08-11-02, SOUTH HILL, POST 7166, Meeting 1:00 p.m., Lunch to follow, Representative Lawrence F. Mattera, State Commander
    FIFTH - 08-17-02, HALIFAX POST 8243, Lunch 12:00 Noon, Meeting 1:00 p.m., Representative Peter M. Snelling, State Senior Vice Commander
    SIXTH - 08-18-02, VA MEDICAL BUILDING 10 (HOSTED BY POST 4299 CLIFTON FORGE) Meeting 2:00 p.m. Representative Lawrence F.Mattera, State Commander
    SEVENTH - 09-08-02, LURAY POST 621, Meeting 11:30 a.m., Representative Tom W. Hines, State Judge Advocate
    EIGHTH - 09-22-02, CULPEPER, POST 2524, Meeting 1:00 p.m., Representative Daniel D. Boyer, Jr., State Surgeon
    NINTH - 09-22-02, NARROWS POST 6000, Registration 10:30 a.m., Joint Session 11:30 a.m., Lunch 12:00 Noon, Meeting to follow, Representative Tommie Hines, Judge Advocate
    TENTH -
    ELEVENTH - 09-08-02, STAUNTON POST 2216, Meeting 11:30 a.m., Representative Daniel D. Boyer, Jr., State Surgeon
    TWELFTH - 09-01-02, CLINTWOOD POST 8979, Lunch 11:00 a.m., Meeting 12:00 Noon, Representative Peter M. Snelling, State Senior Vice Commander
    THIRTEENTH -09-08-02,  MINERAL POST 8947, Meeting 1300, lunch to follow, Representative Michael Hoiness, Junior Vice Commander

  10. STATE COMMANDERS MESSAGE:

    Comrades, it is with great honor that I accept the position as your Department Commander. But as I have stated several times this is not my Department only, it belongs to the membership of the Department of Virginia. Therefore, I feel no remorse in asking for the help of each individual. As we begin the new year I’d like to start out by saying welcome to the “United We Stand” year. Each year there is a lot of work to do, some work that was started the year prior and some that needs to be started. It is with full confidence I say to you that we have a team ready and willing to assist in anyway it can to make the Department of Virginia best it can be.

    Each District has been assigned a mentor, this will allow each District Commander an individual ready to assist on notice. If the mentor can not assist he will know where and what to do, to get the answer. Please check the calendar attached to the General Orders for important dates.

    Our School of Instruction is taking place at the Holiday Inn Select, Lynchburg, on 12-14 July. Please make your reservations as soon as possible. This School of Instruction is designed for Commanders and Quartermasters, but is open to anyone that would like to attend. If you or members of your Post plan to attend please let the Department Adjutant/Quartermaster know as soon as possible as reservation closeout is approaching fast.

    Please take a moment to review the report forms, as they have changed. Please keep in mind these forms are to be sent to the CHAIRMEN ONLY (ADDRESSES ARE ON THE FORMS) DO NOT SEND TO STATE HEADQUARTERS!

    In closing I wish to extend best wishes for a Happy Fourth of July, and may it be a safe one for you and yours.

    Yours in Comradeship
    Lawrence F. (Larry) Mattera
    State Commander

  11. REPORTS AND FORMS:

    PLEASE NOTE THE INDIVIDUAL RECRUITING AWARD FORM, THE DECEASED COMRADE FORM, THE COMMUNITY ACTIVITY REPORT, HOMELESS VETERANS REPORT, HOSPITAL REPORT AND EVALUATION GUIDE CAN BE FOUND ON THE WEBSITE AND ALSO IN THIS GENERAL ORDERS. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE E-MAIL PLEASE LET US KNOW AND WE WILL SEND THE FORMS TO YOU. PLEASE SEND FORMS TO THE CURRENT COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, CHAPLAIN.

    ALSO, STARTING SEPTEMBER 2000 ALL AUDIT REPORTS NEED TO BE SIGNED BY AT LEAST TWO TRUSTEES BEFORE SUBMITTING TO STATE HEADQUARTERS OR THEY WILL BE RETURNED.

    Forms Revised May 2002

  12. QUARTERLY AUDIT REPORTS:

    Attention is directed to Section 218, Manual of Procedure Duty of Trustees, Form P-113. Trustees Report of Audit, must be prepared in detail at the close of each quarter, one of which ended June 30th which is NOW DUE at State Headquarters.

  13. STATE CONVENTION:

    Enclosed are the Minutes of the Council of Administration Meetings held Thursday, June 6, 2002 and Sunday, June 9, 2002.

    State Convention Council Minutes

  14. MEMBERSHIP-MEMBERSHIP-MEMBERSHIP:

    The number one program in the VFW is membership. Without members there would be no way to accomplish all of our other outstanding programs. We are now in a new membership recruiting/retention year. The goal for the Department this year is 103%. This goal can be reached if all comrades will help sign up eligible individuals. We ask that everyone put forth maximum effort to help the Department reach our goal.

    The Membership Campaign for the new year is on the Department Website. I encourage everyone to read it. If you do not have access to the Website, a copy may be requested from Department Headquarters. There are numerous changes. An example is:
    An annual member who recruits 5 New or Reinstated Members (MIPs not included) will receive: Annual Dues paid, for the current year, by the Department. Name and membership number entered into a drawing for a Life Membership. (For each additional 5 members recruited an additional entry will be made in the Life Membership Drawing).
    A Life Member who recruits 5 New or Reinstated Members (MIPs not included) will receive: Name and membership number entered into a drawing for a $300.00 cash award. (For each additional 5 members recruited an additional entry will be made in the cash award drawing).

    The Department will conducting Membership Drives throughout the state. District Commanders will be organizing these drives and Department Officers will be assisting. Look for us to be in your District to assist you and your Post.

    Peter M. Snelling
    Membership/Life Membership Chairman

    CHANGE TO THE MEMBERSHIP CAMPAIGN

    Page three (3), paragraph ten (10) of the 2002-2003 ALL STATE TEAM section should read: ADDITIONAL POINTS for MEMBERSHIP - When the Post has completed all the above programs, one fifth of one point will be assigned for each additional member above 100%.

  15. MEMBERSHIP CAMPAIGN:

    Enclosed in this General Orders is the 2002-2003 Membership Campaign. Also, enclosed is the Individual Recruiting Awards Form for new/reinstated members. All individual recruiting awards must be certified to State Headquarters by the Post Quartermasters no later than May 31, 2003.The names of the individuals recruited, Post Number and the name of the recruiter must be received before any award is given.

    Membership Campaign Information

  16. IMPORTANT 2001-2005 DATES:

    August 23-30, 2002 National VFW Convention, Nashville, Tennessee.
    September 12-15, 2002 Commander-in-Chief’s Homecoming, Ontario, California.
    Oct 31 Nov 3, 2002 Southern Conference, Little Rock, Arkansas.
    March 9-12, 2003 Community Service Conference, Washington, DC.
    March 10-13, 2002 Legislative conference, Washington, DC.
    August 23-29, 2003 National VFW Convention, San Antonio, Texas.
    August 14-20, 2004 National VFW Convention, Cincinnati, Ohio.
    August 20-26, 2005 National VFW Convention, Salt Lake City, Utah

  17. BUDDY POPPIES:

    Enclosed is the new Buddy Poppy Form please note the increase in price of the Buddy Poppies. The price is now $102.00 per thousand.

    Forms Revised May 2002

  18. SCHOOL OF INSTRUCTION:

    2002 July 11-13 Holiday Inn Select, 601 Main Street, Lynchburg, Virginia 24504; Rates are $65.00; phone 804-528-2500
    2003 July 10-12 Holiday Inn Select, 601 Main Street, Lynchburg, Virginia 24504; Rates are $69.00; phone 804-528-2500

  19. VIDEO CONFERENCE:

    The Veterans of Foreign Wars will conduct a satellite training program July 27, 2002. This training will be conducted at Third District Headquarters, Dale City Post 1503, Staunton Post 2216 and Christiansburg Post 5311.

  20. NATIONAL CONVENTION MEETING:

    August 24-30, 2002 Nashville, Tennessee

    Enclosed is a list of events.

    Housing Forms should be mailed to Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, 2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville, TN 37214. You may also make your reservation by calling the hotel at 615-883-2211.

    National Convention Registration-Section 222 -Constitution and By-Laws require each Post to register, in advance, at least one delegate to the National Convention by the payment of a fee in the amount of $10.00. The on-site registration is $12.00. Posts failing to comply with the provision shall be considered delinquent and in arrears (Section 213). All advance registration fees should be mailed to the VFW National Headquarters, 406 West 34th Street, Kansas City, MO 64111, ATTN: Convention Registration.

    The Distinguished Guest Banquet will be held Monday evening, 7:00 p.m., August 26, 2002. Enclosed is a form if you would like to attend.

    National Convention Information

  21. SOUTHERN CONFERENCE PARTY:

    DATE Wednesday evening, August 28, 2002
    LOCATION Scoreboard Bar and Grill located across the street from Opryland's main entranced less than 2 blocks, an easy walk, some transportation also provided for those needing it
    TYPE SETTING Outdoors, large parking lot, large tent (1,000 people), tables and chairs. Each state will have their own area with tables, chairs, state flag, etc.
    MENU Bar-B-Que & brisket, baked beans, coleslaw, cornbread, planning to feed 2,000 plus
    DRINKS Mixed drinks, beer, soda and iced tea
    ENTERTAINMENT "Branded Country Band" is a show-type band doing many impersonations of country entertainers - good listening or dance, very entertaining

  22. FALL COUNCIL MEETINGS:

    2002 September 12-14 Holiday Inn Select, 601 Main Street, Lynchburg, Virginia 24504; Rates are $65.00; phone 804-528-2500
    2003 September 11-13 Holiday Inn Select, 601 Main Street, Lynchburg, Virginia 24504; Rates are $69.00; phone 804-528-2500

  23. DONATIONS:

    Please send any donations (WWII, phone cards, etc.) To VFW State Headquarters, P O Box 2067, Staunton, VA 24402.

  24. VOICE OF DEMOCRACY:

    2002-2003 THEME: "Freedom's Obligation"
    2002-2003 DEADLINES: Student Entry - November 1, 2002
    District Deadline - December 15, 2002
    Department Deadline - January 15, 2003
    National Deadline - February 1, 2003

  25. PATRIOT’S PEN:

    2002-2003 THEME: "My Pledge to America"
    2002-2003 DEADLINES: Student Entry - December 1, 2002
    District Deadline - January 15, 2003
    Department Deadline - February 1, 2003
    National Deadline - February 10, 2003

  26. VFW NATIONAL HOME:

    My name is W. J. Leonard I am a lifetime member of Post 7327 Springfield, Virginia. I have been in the VFW since 1965 and Life since 1967. I have worked with different children groups all my adult life, some are as follows: Little League Baseball, Little League Football, Optimist Club Member their theme is Friend of Youth, Hugh O’Brian Youth Foundation B, Director 10 years of VA State, VFW Youth Activities, Scouting, JROTC, Varsity high school baseball scorer 10 years, Timer for varsity high school basketball for 20 years. So you see I have been and still am involved with our Youth.

    I would like your vote when the VFW National Home for Children sends out the ballots (approximately July 15-September 15, 2002) to the VFW members of our National Home for Children.

    Any questions or need more information just ask. E-mail: WJLVFW@AOL.COM; Phone: 703-354-0568; address: 7006 Catlett Street, Springfield, VA 22151-3901.

    W. J. Leonard
    Candidate for National Home

  27. ENVIRONMENTAL:

    The summer months bring long days and the urge to get out doors.Summer however, is not the month of choice to plant trees or shrubs.That means we can turn our attention to doing other things.

    The Virginia Veterans of Foreign Wars Environmental Program is intended to make Virginia a better place to visit-live-work-raise our children and retire. There are many ways we can do this. A good first step is for each of our Post Commanders to select a hard working comrade to take a tour of their Post area. Make notes of clean up or fix up programs that would enhance the area. Play yards, School yards, Church yards and Cemeteries, streams and highways. A visits with a local Librarian will develop programs which may be underway or planned for their area. The Audubon Society, Izaak Walton League and garden clubs may have programs for your area. Local nurserymen, park rangers and foresters may have plans but not the manpower or money to carry them out. They may share them with you and save you some time. Clean up plans require MONEY, Motivations, manpower and materials. Major firms are often willing to contribute something, ask them to participate and let them contribute if they wish. Once the list of possible programs is put together you can decide one that is within your budget. Keep in mind that one fourth of the money coming to the State Treasurer comes from the Tourist and Travel Industry. One out of every six persons that has a job in Virginia owes that job to the products of the forest. Paper making, lumber, furniture making just to name a few. Seedling trees are a bigger source of income each year in Virginia.

    Some jurisdictions are willing to cooperate by providing park out collection points for heavy appliances, old furniture, vehicles, tires, batteries and chemicals on special days. Others may be willing to furnish fire fighting equipment to make a controlled burning of trash and rubbish and fallen branches. Each of these programs will improve the appearance of your Post area. Your program may also be the inspiration for adjoining property owners to demolish vacant or obsolete buildings or signs. After you have decided on the type and date of your program take some pictures and send them to the local radio, TV and News Media. Ask them to help out with the publicity. They are usually happy to learn of programs that are going to make their area better.

    Keep a record of the money, man-hours and material spent, include it on your Community Activity Report. On the work day keep VFW membership applications handy. Ask every volunteer to join the VFW if eligible. Good volunteers make good members. All this helps all those members we lose out the back door or by death.

    Ernest B. Glynn
    Environmental Chairman

  28. LEGISLATIVE:

    SUPPORT FOR U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVE BILL 3838-AMENDMENT OF THE VFW CONGRESSIONAL CHARTER

    HR Bill 3838 would amend the VFW’s Congressional Charter and permit military personnel who receive hostile fire or imminent danger pay to be eligible for membership in the VFW. As of 27 June 2002 the Bill was in the House Judiciary Committee awaiting full committee passage. Once the Bill is approved by the full committee, it will be ready for action on the House Floor.

    Now is the time for all Virginia VFW members to contact their U.S. House Representatives and urge them to move with celerity and pass this Bill. Also both U. S. Senators from Virginia should be energetically pursued to incorporate the provisions of HR Bill 3838 in the companion Senate Bill.

    Commencing Monday, 1 July 2002, all members of the U. S. Congress will be turning to their District or State Offices. This is the ideal time to meet them personally or contact them via telephone and express your support for HR Bill 3838.

    RESOLUTIONS COMMITTEE WRAP-UP

    The Resolutions Committee met three times prior to the Department Convention in Richmond, 6-9 June 2002, a total of 117 National and Department Resolutions were carefully reviewed. Recommendations for approval or rejection were made for each one. Cited recommendations were presented to the assembled delegates at the Convention. Space limitations prevents a down of the important resolutions voted upon at the Convention.

    I extend my sincere thanks to the following members of the Resolutions Committee who took their work seriously and spent many hours researching and reviewing the documents presented them. These individuals are Ed Essertier, Ernie Glynn and J. B. Young. My thanks also goes to those Posts in the Commonwealth who submitted resolutions, particularly Post 3150 and 7327.

    UPCOMING 2002 ELECTION

    This year Virginia voters will select all 11 members of the U. S. House of Representatives and one member of the U. S. Senate. All VFW members should check early on to determine what Congressional District they are in since the boundaries have changed since the General Elections of 2000. Too often members do not receive their voter registration cards, containing current information, in a timely manner-if at all.

    There are several ways to get your pertinent voter information now. The first is to contact your County/City Registrar. For those with e-mail capability, go to the following website: www.sbe.state.va.us click on “ELECTION”. The “WHERE DO I VOTE” block will appear. Follow the instructions and your current voter information will be provided.

    Three key things that we can do in our GET OUT THE VOTE Campaign in 2002 are as follows: Host a Town Hall Meeting; Organize a voter registration campaign and Educate the candidates on the issues.

    The General Orders for June 2002 contains an article on how to conduct a Town Hall Meeting. Any VFW sponsored event should be coordinated with the Ladies Auxiliary. Information on the event should also be disseminated to other Veterans Organizations in the area.

    The number of Legislators in the U. S. Congress and at the state level with military experience continues to decline. It is our job to educated candidate regarding issues of importance to the Veteran Community. We want patriotic veteran legislators to represent us at the Federal, State and Local level. Also, we want legislators of good character who we can count on to honor their commitments to the veteran community. It is up to us to get our members and families to the polls in November to ensure that those elected share the concerns of veterans. Do your part and make yourself count!

    Legislators are well aware of the importance of the veterans community to their future employment. Why? We vote.

    VFW NATIONAL BY-LAWS AND MANUAL OF PROCEDURE-MENS AUXILIARY

    On 8 June 2002, at the 80th Annual Convention of the Department of Virginia, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, proposed amendments to the National By-Laws and the Manual of Procedure regarding (Article XIII) (Mens Auxiliary) were addressed.

    A motion was made and seconded to table proposed amendments until the 81st Annual Convention in June 2003. This motion was approved by Convention delegates consequently, no Post in Virginia may form or charter a Men’s Auxiliary.

    John P. McAnaw
    Legislative/Resolutions Chairman

Official: By Order of:
Robert J. Klausing Lawrence F. Mattera
State Adjutant State Commander